• Lynne

Out of the Garden Early Spring Pasta

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

Early Spring Orzo Salad

Orzo Pasta

Made this really simple pasta salad yesterday to complement Salmon in an Almond Crust.

Take 1 cup of Orzo Pasta and add it to 2 cups of boiling water. You can salt the water if you like. Cook for about 10 minutes or until "al dente". Drain the pasta and put it in a large bowl.


While pasta is cooking add zest and juice from 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of good olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove and pepper to taste. Whisk together.

Orzo and Dressing

Add the dressing to the orzo in a large bowl and mix. This allows the dressing to be absorbed by the pasta.

Cherry Tomatoes

Rinse 1 cup of Cherry Tomatoes with water and drain. Cut tomatoes in half.

Tomatoes, Pasta, and Dressing

Add tomato halves to pasta with dressing and toss.

Pasta with Dressing, Tomatoes, Spinach, Lettuce and Arugula

Next pay a visit to your Spring Garden and harvest whatever early greens you have on hand. I had leaf lettuce, arugula and spinach. So after rinsing and drying the greens add them to the salad and toss. I covered the bowl and left it in the fridge while I prepared the rest of dinner. Serve the salad chilled or at room temperature.

Dinner with Orzo Salad

You can add a little parmesan cheese to the salad to finish it. Enjoy!

This makes enough for two or three people. You will love the fresh lemon taste.

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